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pol-y-syn'-de-ton / From Greek: poly- “many” and
syndeton “bound together with”
Also spelt: polysyntheton, polisindeton, polysindeton
Also known as: acervatio, couple clause, many-ands

Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm.


I said, "Who killed him?" and he said, "I don't know who killed him but he's dead all right," and it was dark and there was water standing in the street and no lights and windows broke and boats all up in the town and trees blown down and everything all blown and I got a skiff and went out and found my boat where I had her inside Mango Key and she was all right only she was full of water.

—Ernest Hemingway, "After the Storm."

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